The Obama race speech
Yet another killer speech by Obama. The easy thing to do would have been to distance himself as far as possible from Reverend Wright, as candidates frequently do when a supporter makes a crazy remark. As he says in the speech:
Some will see this as an attempt to justify or excuse comments that are simply inexcusable. I can assure you it is not. I suppose the politically safe thing would be to move on from this episode and just hope that it fades into the woodwork. We can dismiss Reverend Wright as a crank or a demagogue, just as some have dismissed Geraldine Ferraro, in the aftermath of her recent statements, as harboring some deep-seated racial bias.
But race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right now. We would be making the same mistake that Reverend Wright made in his offending sermons about America – to simplify and stereotype and amplify the negative to the point that it distorts reality.
The thing with Obama is that I almost always get the feeling that he is actually telling the truth, which is spectacularly rare in politics. Of course, I long ago drank the kool aid, so maybe I have biased view.